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Dragon's Time (Pern (Publication Order) #23)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,179 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
For the first time in more than three years, bestselling authors Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey, mother and son, have teamed up again to do what they do best: add a fresh chapter to the most beloved science fiction series of all time, the Dragonriders of Pern.

Even though Lorana cured the plague that was killing the dragons of Pern, sacrificing her queen dragon in the pr
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Published June 28th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2011)
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Bitterly disappointed.
That's me right after finishing this book.
I was so hoping for some Anne-permutation of greatness, some flashback to the great writing of the Anne-only Pern books, because she co-wrote this one with her son Todd, right?
No. In the forwards and afterwords, it is very clear - Todd wrote the book, she gave some advice or inspiration perhaps, and he copy-edited the book as well, so all mistakes are his, he tells us.

First the good:
I really love the new 'time' of Pern he's workin
Kathy Davie
Sep 17, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Chronology of the Series
It's 508 AL (after landing) and takes place after Dragonsblood in the Dragonriders of Pern fantasy series.

The Story
Why bother? Just read the previous books and you'll have a good idea what's happening.

We have to go through another take of Lorana meeting Tenniz before she buries him.

My Take
This isn't even a real story! Instead, McCaffrey has created a mish-mash of flitting back-and-forth from time to time. Do not even try to make sense of what is going on as McCaffrey
G.D. Vidrine
Aug 18, 2011 G.D. Vidrine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
I was not going to read this sequel to the horrible "Dragongirl." I barely made it with sanity intact with that one, so I wasn't willing to risk this one. However, with Anne McCaffrey's name back in the author spot, I had to give it a go.

I was sorely, sorely disappointed. I feel like I have been swindled. Anne's influence was non-existent, except perhaps in the very last chapter. Then, in the afterward, it was made clear that it was mainly Todd's fault, so I will squarely place the blame on his
Marya Kowal
Aug 11, 2011 Marya Kowal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I adore Pern, and have loved Anne McCaffrey's dragons for over thirty years, but I could have asked my teen to write a Pern book and gotten a more mature storyline than Dragon's Time. Todd woos Pern fans with timed journeys like a creep with rohypnol preys on girls out for a great time at their favorite party spot. Then when he has them reeling and confused with the massive overdose of plot device, he beats them over the head with foreshadowing until they're all but comatose. He finishes taking ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Margo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm just cranky this week, but this book annoyed me! I would have relished a good Pern tale. But I was confused half the time and bored some of the time. I felt the flow was very uneven. The book seemed to require too much knowledge of another book, one I wasn't even sure I had read. The incessant 'timing' that the plot required just added to the confusion. Best parts, though, were the use/appearance of the Dawn Sisters, and the part about trying to set up and run a new 'civilization' in a ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Minna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I have to say that slogging through this mediocre installment was made 100% worth it by reading the foreword, in which Anne McCaffrey (at last!) shares that SHE, not Todd, has a new Pern book, "After the Fall is Over", in the works, featuring F'lar and Lessa. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
However, she threatens us that Todd might be helping her: "...maybe I'll finally let him play with my characters!". I REALLY, REALLY hope that doesn't happen. I keep reading these Todd McCaffrey Pern book
May 31, 2012 Melissainau rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard Pern fans
Shelves: sff
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Aug 23, 2011 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I'm a huge fan of the Pern series but this book and the previous from Todd haven't really been that great. I admit if the last couple books had been the first in the series, I would have stopped reading. The relationships in this book are so over the top it's hard to keep track. I can take a love triangle but a love octagon? Really? Where I'm from STOP signs are octagons... so stop with the confusing relationships. Then there is the time travel. I'm cool with time travel. I can follow easily eno ...more
Best one in a while, certainly the best one that Todd has written. I'm still not entirely on board with his focus on little kids in positions of responsibility or Fiona's big heart going a bit far in the free love territory (she brings every stray into her family in some way, whether as a lover or a sister). But the heart of the story was there, great characters fighting to survive and triumph against such harsh odds with love, creativity and humor.

One thing that I think Todd has done very well
Michael Mitsuda
Jul 16, 2011 Michael Mitsuda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So this book went on sale and since all the big box bookstores around me has closed, I finally broke down and bought a Kindle just to read this book.

To my utter surprise, I find the Kindle useful! Carrying one Kindle instead of carrying hard cover books around and eating my food while reading my current novel.

Not as fancy or 'colorful' as an ipad but I've already left this behind in my work vehicle once, I find it less stressful then when others leave behind their ipads in the company vehicles.

Jul 25, 2011 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love fantasy/sci fi
Shelves: fantasy
I yearn for Pern! Oh, for a warm cup of klah, a fresh roll…and an escape from the realities of everyday life! After a three-year wait, Dragon’s Time arrived and I am sated…for the moment.
It was lovely to fall back under the spell of this deliciously complex world of weyrs, holds, craft halls, and telepathic dragons! I discovered Anne McCaffrey in 1993, and I quickly became an avid fan. Although these books are classified as science fiction, the dragons, dragonriders, and medieval-like society o
Jan 18, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like it was fanfic written by the computer engineer son of a really wonderful author. Guess I should have seen that coming.
Granted, I did not read the book immediately preceding this one, but I still found this one to rest too much on events from previous books. It was disjointed- yes, because of the copious time travel, but also within a given scene. The characters jumped around just in conversation to the point that I'd have to check if I had skipped a page inadvertently
Jan 03, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book really annoyed me. It jumped all over the place and could not find its way through in a coherent sense. Was Fiona with Kindan or with T'mar? In what universe can a woman have twins with two different fathers? What's with Lorana jumping through time with someone else's dragon? What was the purpose of that?

Too many questions left unanswered. I'm sort of sad that Anne McCaffrey's name was included in this series. Her son Todd just doesn't have her touch.

I'll just go back and re-read her
I've been reading the Dragon books by Anne McCaffrey for years and years. This, by far, was not my favorite, but I always enjoy my visits with the amazing dragons of Pern. A cure for the plague killing the dragons was found, but not before their numbers were decimated. Thread is coming and there aren't enough dragons to fight the next fall. Lots of time travel.
Clare O'Beara
Dec 02, 2014 Clare O'Beara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Overall I love the dragons of Pern. This book however seemed more like fan fic than a true crafted piece.

I'm reading this sequence in the wrong order, as I come across them, but found some aspects of this instalment irritating. When else on Pern have people used the terms validation and affirmation? We also get the word meltdown introduced, but with an explanation, like a melting pot on the fire. The word despondent is used in place of depressed, which would seem too much like our parlance. So
Emily Nuttall
Feb 25, 2016 Emily Nuttall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ea Solinas
Apr 29, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's official: Anne McCaffrey should have retired the Pern series, rather than handing it off to her profoundly untalented son Todd. And we get yet another demonstration of why in "Dragon's Time," another painfully slow, tension-free story that is more soap-opera than sci-fantasy. And this time around, Todd is obsessing about something new: PREGNANCY.

Specifically, Fiona is pregnant, and everyone cares about this because she's so wonderful. Lorana WAS pregnant, but traveling through time causes h
An Odd1
Jun 26, 2013 An Odd1 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
* "Dragon's Time" (Pern23 Chrono) by Anne and Todd McCaffrey seems to take commercial advantage of readers who liked the first books, milking Dragonriders of Pern dry. I thought I followed the introduction about Fiona going back to the past for dragons and riders to fight falling Thread in her own time. But the discussions of what has to happen because someone said it did happen or might happen or not twisted me all around till I gave up.

This story starts with another girl, Lorena going to the
Feb 19, 2012 Kiri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
Having read a few negative reviews before reading this book I approached it with very low expectations, and think that I was therefore not as disappointed/annoyed by this book as I might otherwise have been

The first thing to note is that it is nowhere near the level of Anne McCaffrey's work. I think that this is partly because Todd spends very little time on the dragons themselves, an integral part of Pern! Except for the occasional Thread battle (not as prominent in this book as in many of the
Apr 30, 2012 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I love the basis of the Pern stories - humans working in concert with dragons to keep their world viable. However, the last few have had so much to do with time travel that they become confusing. Not to mention several times when a character will have an 'ah ha' moment but won't share the results with the reader - making this reader at least annoyed. I understand the need for some mysteries to be left until the end but these weren't at that level and dimmed my enjoyment of the story.

Maybe I'm ju
Linda Ulleseit
I love the Pern books and have for thirty years. Dragongirl was the first one that disappointed me, and Dragon's Time is just as bad. When trying to analyze why I didn't like them, I noticed that these two books are almost completely dialogue. There is very little narrative to show the characters' actions and feelings. Instead of being part of the scene, the reader is there as the characters talk about what happened. Also, Fiona is not typical of McCaffrey characters. She's selfish and weak, and ...more
Grace S.
This one seemed very scattered, like it didn't quite know what it was trying to be. Best as I could figure, it was

65% pregnancy and pregnancy-related talk/filler
30% flopping around through time haphazardly, and
5% "other" : containing plot, ill-named cat creatures, and YET MORE uncomfortable talk about "tunnel snakes"

I needn't mention (but I will) how absurd it is that Bekka can magically deduce that (view spoiler) because she's complaining abnormally often. T
Jan 31, 2016 annapi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The oft-repeated quote in the book, "We might not be able to break time but we can cheat it" is rather apt, for me - because this is all Todd McCaffrey does in this story - CHEAT. It's akin to a fantasy writer using magic as the cure-all for the conflicts and problems his protagonists face, only in this case it's time-travel. The cavalier way he treats time-travel in sharp contrast to the way his mother first introduced it to us quite spoils the Pern world in my opinion. And the monumentally slo ...more
Silvio Curtis
Sep 17, 2015 Silvio Curtis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I should have read after Dragonheart and Dragongirl, but accidentally read before them. The plot is more complicated to follow than most Pern books' because it uses the time-traveling abilities of dragons to their full potential. In a way, this is a return to the roots of the Pern series in Dragonflight, but with the multiplication of subplots and the slow pace the effect is pretty different from anything else in Pern. It starts out with two main points of view: Fiona's, in what can be ...more
Vicki Jaeger
May 19, 2014 Vicki Jaeger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't tell you how many times I've read this series. Just read this title again, and it still doesn't disappoint. Telepathic dragons, strong female characters, great relationships, and the Harpers' guild and music as a strong guiding force. What could be better?
In hindsight, I still enjoy reading the series in order written (versus actual chronological order of events). I especially like how McCaffrey shifts the point of view in different books, retelling the same events from someone else's p
May 30, 2015 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: McCaffrey fans
Recommended to Darlene by: McCaffreys
Well, this was a slower continuation of the last book I read, Dragongirl. Which wasn't about a girl but rather a grown lady. Neither story let us in on the time Fiona was a girl. And this story takes place both after and before Dragongirl. Confused yet? Yeah. Get used to it. That is the problem in books of time travel. That is the problem of worlds that don't have the same rules as our own.

Luckily, I was able to borrow the audio-CD version of the book to complement my hardback version. And I hi
Dec 07, 2013 Chelsea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I cannot believe I have just given a Pern book only 2 stars! This was not the best collaboration of theirs. I found it, I cannot say lengthy as more explanation would have helped, loggy might be the correct word. Too much was taking place without clear delineations. Yes, I understand the whole theme of the book has to do with timing and the characters feeling muzzy-headed, however, the reader should not feel so.

While there is a brief chronology at the beginning of the book, I don't think it woul
L. Silvey
Apr 14, 2013 L. Silvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 15, 2011 MissSusie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this book we have the finale of the story arc started by Todd & Anne McCaffrey in Dragon Kin. This one had a lot of hopping around time in it and could at times be a little confusing I feel like I need to go back and read this arc straight through.

I did very much enjoy this book it makes me want to immerse myself back into the world of Pern it is so much like visiting old friends. However, this book was not one of my favorites I felt like the ending was rushed and wish it had just a bit m
Lynda Tatad
Oct 20, 2011 Lynda Tatad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the latest addition in the Dragonriders of Pern series. It kept me up late a few nights in a row, as I couldn't put the book down!

This story picks up shortly after DragonHeart, with Fiona, Lorana, Kindan and T'Mar and many others dealing with the decimated loss of so many dragons to the plague. Lorana was able to help find a cure, but still had lost her dragon. She's one of the few people who can hear all dragons, so she was helped through her grief this way. The big problem, i
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Todd J. McCaffrey (born as Todd Johnson) is an Irish American author of science fiction best known for continuing the Dragonriders of Pern series in collaboration with his mother Anne McCaffrey.

Todd Johnson was born 27 April 1956 in Montclair, New Jersey as the second son and middle child of Horace Wright Johnson (deceased 2009), who worked for DuPont, and Anne McCaffrey (deceased 2011), who had h
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Other Books in the Series

Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
  • Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
  • Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
  • Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
  • The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
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